Danny Hooper Productions

Bringing it home

One of the great joys of travel is seeing how other people live their lives, and of all the places I’ve been, Italy is the country that has had the greatest impact on mine. The pace of life there is so much simpler, so much SLOWER, than the way we live here in North America. You get the sense that people really appreciate the good life – dolce vita! And the good life to an Italian, at least from what I’ve observed, centres around family, friends, …and great food and wine!

Brenda and I are working hard at creating a simpler way of life here at home. Having been to Tuscany twice together (once with our dear Italian friends the Bossios) we have learned that it is possible, and very important, to make time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

To that end, we recently had a fun-filled day at home canning 125 pounds of gorgeous organic Roma tomatoes. We both love cooking and look forward to the nights this coming winter when our kitchen will be filled with the rich aroma of homemade pasta sauce and, hopefully, our family and friends gathered around the big harvest table sharing delicious homemade food, lingering conversation…and a yummy bottle (or two) of Tuscan Chianti or Brunello.